Mar 30, 2015

Review: Taco Bell - Biscuit Tacos

Taco Bell's Biscuit Tacos are breakfast tacos featuring a buttermilk biscuit "shell" with various fillings including fried chicken strips, sausage, bacon, eggs, and cheese.

To cover the range of ingredients, I went and got the Sausage and Cheese Biscuit Taco, the Crispy Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeno Honey, and the Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Taco.

It cost $2.19 for Sausage and Cheese Biscuit Taco and $2.69 each for the other two.

I've actually tried the Biscuit Tacos while they were in test and during a preview even (you can read about that here and here), but both times were at Taco Bell headquarters under ideal conditions, so we'll see how it goes from an actual Taco Bell restaurant.

I'll start with the biscuit shell: there was a surprising amount of variance among the biscuit taco shells I received. One was moist and very similar to a Chinese steamed bun, or bao, except with a slightly buttery, crumblier texture (it felt a little undercooked). Another was dry and the third hit a passable middle ground between the two.

None of the biscuits had much of a crust and I think part of the reason has to do with the novelty shape, which benefits from having more malleability to it. Still, two of the Biscuit Tacos split at the fold while I was biting into them. They're generally messy to eat, especially the bacon version because the bacon comes in tiny bits like you'd get on a salad.

The bacon delivered a strong salty, smoky flavor but lacked any crispness. They spoon it into the biscuit shell the same way as they would a taco. The egg also comes in crumbles and tended to fall out.

Taco Bell's sausage patty is very mild and surprisingly not that salty. It's actually quite nice to eat on its own but gets lost paired with the biscuit. The included shredded cheese didn't amount to much; I saw it but it was so mild and sparse that it might as well not even have been there.

The new crispy chicken was almost just as good as the previous times I've tried it. It was moist rather than the juiciness that comes fresh out of the fryer, but it was still crunchy with a light seasoned flavor, an excellent crunch, and a surprising kick.

You can see the bits of tortilla chips in the breading:

The crispy crunch actually holds up really well over time. I'm guessing that's due to the tortilla chips.

The Crispy Chicken Biscuit Taco can either come with Country Gravy or new Jalapeno Honey. The country gravy offers a meaty flavor that I love but I decided to go with the Jalapeno Honey since it's new. The sauce pairs the sweetness of honey with a good amount of heat and just a bit of tanginess. I don't think you can go wrong with either sauce but the gravy is my favorite.

Overall, I found Taco Bell's Biscuit Tacos to be lacking in the biscuit department, specifically with consistency and texture. Still, I liked the biscuit better than the chewy, greasy waffle shell; plus, I really enjoyed the new crispy chicken.

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit Taco (115g)
Calories - 380 (from Fat - 200)
Fat - 24g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 860g
Carbs - 29g (Sugars - 7g)
Protein - 15g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeno Honey (156g)
Calories - 470 (from Fat - 170)
Fat - 19g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 1030g
Carbs - 63g (Sugars - 25g)
Protein - 12g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Taco (101g)
Calories - 370 (from Fat - 210)
Fat - 23g (Saturated Fat - 10g)
Sodium - 640g
Carbs - 29g (Sugars - 7g)
Protein - 11g

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